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Offering Support to Others



It’s natural that when we see people we care about going through challenges, we want to help. But sometimes we stop ourselves from reaching out—we’re worried that we might say the wrong thing, worried we might not be able to offer enough help to matter, worried we might make things worse. The truth is that there are so many ways we can help each other through hard times, and the most important one is being present with what you have, where you are, with those who are suffering. There are many strategies that can bolster our confidence to help when others ask, and many different skills we can learn to help listen deeply, show compassion, and be there for each other in constructive, meaningful ways.

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Simon Sinek’s Life Advice Will Change Your Future

Simon Sinek’s Life Advice Will Change Your Future.

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How Can I Help?: Stories and Reflections on Service

Not a day goes by without our being called upon to help one another--at home, at work, on the street, on the phone. . . . We do what we can.

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Trance of ‘Unreal Other’

The truth is: Without a genuine willingness to let in the suffering of others, our spiritual practice remains empty.

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FindCenterThose who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.

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What to Say (and Not Say) to Comfort Someone Who’s Lost a Loved One

How can you comfort someone who’s lost a loved one, experienced a tragedy, or is coping with bad news?

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The Art of Comforting: What to Say and Do for People in Distress

We live in an increasingly "virtual" world in which it can be tempting to skip making that true, human connection with someone in pain. Even though our thoughts might be with them, we lack the confidence to reach out, worrying that we will say or do the "wrong" thing.

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How Not to Say the Wrong Thing

Susan Silk's "Ring Theory" of "comfort in, dump out" when supporting others going through tough times.

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FindCenterLife’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’

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Thich Nhat Hanh on Compassionate Listening | Super Soul Sunday | Oprah Winfrey Network

Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh says listening can help end the suffering of an individual, put an end to war and change the world for the better. Watch as he explains how to practice compassionate listening.

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The Art of Showing Up: How to Be There for Yourself and Your People

If you’re having trouble connecting with those around you, know that you’re not the only one. Adult friendships are tricky!!! Part manifesto, part guide, The Art of Showing Up is soul medicine for our modern, tech-mediated age.

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